Originally posted on Steel City Blitz  |  Last updated 10/2/13
If you haven’t heard already, the Pittsburgh Steelers have traded a conditional late-round pick to Arizona for former first round pick offensive tackle Levi Brown. Mike Tomlin made no bones about the fact that Mike Adams was not getting the job down over the last three weeks and thus the rare in-season move was made. If there is any good news from this move it’s this; According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers can cut Brown who has a five-year $30 million deal, after the season with a very friendly cap hit. Kaboly added that the Steelers will pick up the $3.35 million of his deal this year which means they are roughly one million over the cap. That means the team will have to make further moves to get back under the cap and there are few viable options right now. Money aside, this is a sign of desperate team and discombobulated front office. Brown was off to a pretty horrendous start in Arizona in 2013 and there were discussions as far back as week one about shipping him out. Sports talk radio in Phoenix today sounded more like a bon voyage party for guy never coming back as fans and radio personalities celebrated his leaving. Correct me if I’m wrong here but when a trade is made, aren’t both sides supposed to be content at the very least with what they get and/or give up? So how do we as fans take this move? As best as I can tell we should take it two ways and both are negative. By trading a valuable draft pick regardless of what round it is in tells us that Kevin Colbert is admitting he failed on Mike Adams. I wrote earlier this week that benching him was necessary for himself as well as for the team. Whether Brown is ready to go for the Jets in 11 days is up in the air but he played for Todd Haley for two years so there should be some familiarity. At this point I would have to think he will rotate with Kelvin Beachum at left tackle while Marcus Gilbert holds down the right tackle spot. There was already speculation that they could look to move Brown inside to guard but the slow-footed former Nittany Lion might not fit real well there. It sounds as though Ramon Foster’s pectoral injury was minor so he should be back for the Jets’ game. The other way we take this move is that this is pure desperation on the part of a team that thinks it still can make the playoffs. It’s a fair way of thinking considering how average the AFC North is, but we need to be realistic. In order to get to just 8-8 this team needs to go 8-4 over the final 12 games and I don’t see that happening. Since the day Art Rooney II announced the ‘retirement’ of Bruce Arians, something has been horribly amiss in the Steelers’ front office. Whether it starts and ends with Rooney II or heavily involves Colbert as well doesn’t matter because it’s perfectly clear someone is making decisions that don’t make sense. The Steelers could have easily re-signed Max Starks for much less money and would have gotten a guy who already knows the system and wouldn’t be any worse than Adams or Brown. But now the Steelers are faced with more cap issues and those will only get worse in 2014 by the way. This is a desperate move by a desperate front office that was shown up by the rival Ravens’ trade the day before. All is not well with this football team. Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers. Related PostsKevin Colbert’s Recent Offensive Line Drafting is Coming Home to Roost Steelers Demise is About Cause and Effect ‘Close’ Won’t Cut it For the Steelers in Must-Win Situation Wilson and Williams Showed Promise in Debuts Steelers Need to Keep Le’Veon Bell on the Sidelines
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